Royal comedy tour for Handbagged this autumn


Olivier nominated comedy, Handbagged, which proved a hit in the West End, is to tour the UK later this year.

Moira Buffini’s take on the uneasy relationship between the queen and Margaret Thatcher, will start the tour at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, in September.

Handbagged opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of the 20th Century who were both born in the same year.

One was destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Moira Buffini’s celebrated new comedy speculates on that most provocative of questions: What did the world’s most powerful women really talk about behind closed palace doors?

The comedy first premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell-out run, winning the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (2014) and nominations for Best New Comedy and Best Ensemble Performance at the WhatsOnStage Awards (2014).

The production later transferred to the West End for a run last April.

Moira Buffini’s plays include, a musical with Damon Albarn, for the Manchester International Festival and National Theatre; Women, Power And Politics for the Tricycle Theatre; and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida Theatre.

Her screenplays include Tamara Drewe directed by Stephen Frears, Jane Eyre directed by Cary Fukanaga, and Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan.

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, the production is presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Tricycle London Productions and the Touring Partnership. Touring cast to be announced.

2015 Tour dates

September 9-12, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
September 15-19, The Lowry, Salford Quays
September 21-26, Theatre Royal, Bath
September 28-October 3, Oxford Playhouse
October 7-10, The Belgrade, Coventry
October 19-24, Theatre Royal, Nottingham
October 26-31, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
November 2-7, Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
November 10-14, Theatre Royal, Norwich
November 16-21, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
November 23-28, Richmond Theatre.

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